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What to see in the island of Burano

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What to see in the island of Burano

The island of Burano is really a sight to behold and a great emotion for your heart: every year thousands of tourists venture into our beloved Venetian lagoon to admire this incredible little corner of Venice made of peace, serenity and startling colors.

Once you have landed on this magical island, you will be overwhelmed by a swirl of colors and feel like you are in a place that is perpetually dressed up for a party thanks to the many colorful houses...But have you ever wondered why every house has its walls painted a different color? Tradition has it that in the past fishermen had painted their houses to distinguish and recognize them even from a distance upon returning from the sea after fishing.

If you're wondering what there is to see in Burano, don't miss the sights recommend by us!

Wandering among the characteristic painted houses you should not fail to visit the famous 'House of Bepi', which, compared to the monochrome hues of the other buildings, takes on all the colors and the joy of the island, as if a rainbow was shining on its walls.

But in addition to the colorful buildings, Burano is full of unique corners to see and small places to discover such as Piazza Galuppi, the only one on the island: in its center you can see Remigio Barbaro’s bust statue dedicated to Baldassare Galuppi, a composer and organist born in Burano in 1706, from which the square takes its name. Still here, among intimate restaurants and typical little shops, is the Lace Museum which bears witness to the local tradition of this beautiful art and its legendary origins... Just think that even today you can see women sitting outside and next to the front door of their house as they are making lace ... a bygone spectacle!

Since you are in the square, go and visit the beautiful church of San Martino Vescovo where a painting by the great Giambattista Tiepolo is kept! You will also notice the huge lean of its bell tower! Walking around it you will realize that it leans just like the Tower of Pisa!

Now if you decide to get yourself lost in the quiet streets that separate the many colorful houses, look on the map for the two picturesque Fondamenta of Cao di Rio and Terranova. As you walk about, you will breathe the ancient atmosphere of these places: you will admire the colorful houses that are reflected on the water, giving life to an extraordinary show of colors, evocative views of the lagoon with the typical fishing boats, gondolini, sandali and pupparini...

Visiting the island, however, will make you hungry... so take a short break in one of the many traditional Burano restaurants and try a tasty gò risotto or fish fry with freshly caught fish! And to end the meal, taste the traditional biscuit, bussolà, you will not help but bring some home with you!

Not sure how to get to Burano and interested in visiting the other major islands of Murano and Torcello in comfort and with no worries? Take a look at our boat tours page ... you could find the right choice for you!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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